In order to be able to work as a dentist in Germany without restriction, you need the license to practice medicine. The license to practice medicine is the state approval for the profession. The license to practice medicine is necessary because the profession is regulated in Germany. This means that you are not allowed to work independently as a dentist without a license to practice medicine.
Even with a professional qualification from a country of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you can obtain the license to practice medicine in Germany.
The license to practice medicine will be granted to you by the competent authority if your dental training is equivalent to the German training. Equivalence is checked in the recognition procedure.
You must meet further requirements for the granting of the license to practice medicine. For example, they must be medically suitable and have the necessary language skills.
A professional qualification from the EU, EEA or Switzerland is usually automatically recognised when you apply for a licence to practise medicine. However, there may also be deviations from this rule. It depends on the country in which you completed your training and at what time. If you started your vocational training after your country of training joined the EU/EEA, your professional qualification will be automatically recognised. Then the recognition procedure is shortened.
If your professional qualification does not come from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, other regulations apply.
You can also apply for the procedure from abroad.